The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns home to the good ole United States of America this weekend, with an action-packed card to kick-start our 3 week run of UFC events.
<div><h2 style="text-align:center">Song Yadong</h2><p>UFC Bantamweight ‘Song Yadong’ returns to the UFC octagon this weekend riding an impressive win streak; opposing him will be late replacement Cody Stamann.</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://cdn.i-scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/1200x800/public/d8/images/methode/2019/07/07/b33da8ec-a05c-11e9-baa5-dd214ed0de8f_image_hires_200701.JPG?itok=E0_yPss0&v=1562501225" style="width:650px;height:433px" /></p><p>From the Shaolin Temples in China, all the way to Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California; Song ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ turned up on Uriah Faber’s doorstep in hopes of finding guidance in the American MMA world.</p><p>Born and raised in Heilongjiang, China, Song had a keen interest in martial arts from a young age. Movie heroes such as Jet-Li sparked the youngster’s interest, so much so, that his family would agree to send him to a Kung-Fu school at the age of 9. The stomping grounds were amongst the world-famous Shaolin Temples, a warrior spirit in Song Yadong was born.</p><p>Eagerly wanting to fight as soon as possible, the training just wasn’t enough for him but he could hardly change his age… or could he? Fake identification would see the teen take on grown men before he’d finished puberty. Song is the real deal ladies and gentlemen, currently aged 22 his mentor Uriah Faber has praised his willingness to learn more than any other fighter to date. Song would up short in a few of his early professional contests but, how can we expect a 15-18-year-old in training to avoid a loss. If anything, taking those losses was a huge learning experience.</p><p>Since he became a legal adult and could actually compete professionally by law, Song has forgotten about those losses and adapted his fighting skill to an elite level. A 3-fight win streak and another birthday later, Song was signed by the UFC. Set to make his debut on short notice against another debuting opponent at UFC Fight Night Shanghai… Song made quick work of his opponent which would soon open up the doors he’s always wanted to walk through.</p><p>Uriah Faber, owner and coach at Team Alpha Male has fully endorsed the skills and future of Song Yadong, at any point he can he’ll be sure to let you know who the future of Chinese MMA will be led 15-18-year-old. With current champion Weili Zhang opening up the Chinese market for the UFC, aged 22, Song Yadong is more than capable of achieving similar aspirations and making his childhood dream come true.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=160&a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&f=3"><img alt src="https://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/AffiliateCreativeBanners/Sports/General/Bet%20Builder/en-GB/UK/STD/728x90_2.jpeg" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><h2 style="text-align:center">Song Yadong vs Cody Stamann ‘Fight Talk’</h2><p>Song Yadong is 4-0 in the UFC octagon with a brutal knockout victory over his previous opponent, Alejandro Perez. Nobody expected a result in that fashion and, if you inspect the rise of Song, his work rate and adaptive eagerness to learn might make him the first Chinese Bantamweight champion one day.</p><p>His opponent this weekend will be Cody Stamann, who’ll be looking to derail the hype-train that is Song Yadong. Interestingly, he also defeated Alejandro Perez in his previous bout. Cody hasn’t been as successful in the UFC as Song but he’s fought the high level of fighter, he’ll hold an experience advantage for sure.</p><p>I think Cody will be looking to implement his offensive wrestling skill-set in this bout, whether he can find success with that, is another story. Cody doesn’t an elusive style, once he feels comfortable in the cage; he seems to stick with it. Song’s fight IQ is up there with some of the best and he’s had another fight-camp where he oozes the techniques like a sponge.</p><p style="text-align:center"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w_a8niFxADU" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p><h2 style="text-align:center">The Outcome</h2><p>It’s not easy for me to discredit Cody Stamann by implying Song is going to roll through him but, I think Song is going to roll through him. I think Cody may find some success early in the fight but Song’s adaptive style will mould itself around Cody’s game plan and I’m sure we’re going to see another impressive outing by the second youngest UFC fighter on the roster.</p><p>Cody’s cardio is a concern, I think he’ll be chaining together takedowns and more than likely get sprawled. The energy of Cody will deplete and Song will capitalize with his durable gas tank. Song may even earn himself another TKO here, If Sterling was able to ground and pound the strong wrestler that is Cody, I believe Song can emulate especially, in the late second/third round.</p><p>The striker versus grappler matchups are in full force, the problem for Cody is… Song is a dangerous striker who trains with some of the best defensive wrestlers in the business. Stylistically they’re worlds apart, but I’ll side with the young mind with a warrior spirit within that can’t be ignored. I truly believe we’ll see Song Yadong in the top #5 of the Bantamweight division within the next 12 months, I expect an improved version of his former self in every fight we see him in.</p><p>The only problems I have with this fight are the odds, although I can’t argue too much. We could be looking at the future of Chinese MMA.</p><p>UFC Washington will be on Saturday the 7th December live from Washington, DC</p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>UFC on ESPN+7 Prediction: 2u on Song Yadong @ [1.55] [-189] with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a></strong></p></div>